Re: [SCA-Archery] Re: Arrow question
- Sorry to confuse anyone. I was using a private range in San Diego that is open to the public (it has to be open to public because it is on the park grounds) in Balboa Park, San Diego. They were not SCA, both were shooting #50 recurves. Both changed to carbon after having cedar shatter on impact of the target butt. I was shooting a #52 long bow @ 28", 11/32 cedar shafts. I make my own arrows and got the shafts from 3 Rivers, I haven't had any trouble with them before or since. But now I shoot the sitka spruce.
On Mon, Dec 5, 2011 at 10:22 AM, <ronhockett8@...> wrote:No. I use whatever range that is available at the time. This range is in Balboa Park.Sent via BlackBerry from T-MobileFrom: brett wilson <locm66801@...>Sender: SCA-Archery@yahoogroups.comDate: Mon, 5 Dec 2011 10:18:37 -0800 (PST)ReplyTo: SCA-Archery@yahoogroups.comSubject: Re: [SCA-Archery] Re: Arrow questionSCA members using carbon arrows?!LoCMFrom: Ron Hockett <ronhockett8@...>
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Subject: Re: [SCA-Archery] Re: Arrow questionI have started using Sitka Spruce for their durability. I travel for work and take my bow with me. In San Diego I shot into wet cedar compressed targets at the achery range and some of the shafts shattered (5 out of 12), the shafts were less than a year old with no other issues. Not so with the sitka spruce. I ask a couple of the members there if they had issues and they replied they had and they had switched to carbon.
On Mon, Dec 5, 2011 at 8:18 AM, bluecat@... <bluecat@...> wrote:For the amount of money involved, I think I would stay with cedar. 3 Rivers has the Port Orford Cedar shafts
on sale BTW
The newspaper article for compressed shafts is from 1958.
I'd like to try the yellow cedar shafts mentioned on Stickbow and see how durable they are!
Dirk Edward of Frisia
The only references I can find about pressed (compressed) wood arrows is Ramin and Forgewood. They may not
be the same as what you are referring to.
http://www.stickbow.com/FEATURES/ARROWMAKING/wood.cfm and this
You can run a shaft through a compression sleeve to get a harder shaft of PO Cedar or Sitka and they are
acceptable. I believe you can use laminated shafts. Several archery suppliers sale the Ramin as kids arrows.
If they are acceptable, just make sure they are safe for the bow poundage.
Ld. Eduard deWitte
Order of the Kings Missiliers, Atlantia
Order of the Yeoman of the Sacred Stone
Archery Marshal, Barony or Sacred Stone
- "I have started using Sitka Spruce for their durability.<snipped>In
San Diego I shot into wet cedar compressed targets at the achery range
and some of the shafts shattered (5 out of 12), the shafts were less
than a year old with no other issues. Not so with the sitka spruce. I
ask a couple of the members there if they had issues and they replied
they had and they had switched to carbon."
How is sitka durable? Did you shoot compressed cedar shafts? And which
ones shattered? Did the arrows (less than a year old) suffer
temperature changes, get straightened and checked regularly, or get
shot frequently? I'm also confused about the 'members switched to
carbon' comment. I find that carbon shoots differently from wood and
that if I practice with arrows that I can't compete with, I have to
'get used to' my SCA shafts again. Which defeats the purpose of me
practicing as I am tired of unlearning bad habits of coping with
At the beginning of this year, I started shooting with Sitka Spruce
arrows. Combined with my acquisition of a wonderful and old recurve
(Ventura), I have attained a royal round average of 90 in the Kingdom
of AnTir in the open category for 2011. I shot a 35 for 2010. I did
enjoy shooting sitka as they are light and fly superbly off of a 30#
bow. Unfortunately, I've shot the spine weight out of 3 dozen sitka
spruce arrows this year. I would shoot well, then peak, and then my
accuracy would decline past the month or two of shooting well.
I kept making excuses for my decline, then buy another dozen shafts
only to repeat the process. It was only last month when I had my most
recent set spine weight tested. They had lost about 10# of spine
weight. I had 6 arrows when I was to start participating in the Winter
Challenge, when one arrow became suddenly soft behind the point. The
rest of the (dozen) arrows had either split through the nock or
shattered or were 'robin hooded'. Between that and the issue with
brass points, I have since decided to not go with Sitka again. Also,
brass does not like to stick to wood. In fact, during the defender
tourney I won, I spent a good deal of time in between ends reglueing
points back onto my arrows as the targets kept 'eating' them.
I shot between 2-5 times a week for 20 min to 3 hours this year. This
does not seem like an extreme amount of practice to me. I would also
have some rest periods when my health would not be well. I also tried
switching to a different recurve. This was a mystery that I needed to
solve. I noticed that my arcuarius brother has been shooting the same
8-12 arrows all year with no issues. He uses old growth/high altitude
port orford cedar (from David). Then I found that Master David
McDougalls, while not in the SCA, is selling arrows from his 'old
Rivendell stock'. After a few weeks of not shooting during November, I
shot the arrows David made for me and didn't exceed my 'best scores at
20 yds' but I did get a beer shot and the arrows clustered fairly
well. We have some more tuning to do to my bow, but I expect that I
shall not have equipment issues anytime soon like I have with the
Sitka Spruce arrows this year.
Signora Caterina Fortuna
Argent, a winged natural panther sejant affronty, in chief a rose purpure
barbed and seeded vert.
Archery Defender for the Shire of Mountain Edge, AnTir
Arcuarius to Vadas Ersebet (Barony of Three Mountains)
- Since I make arrows a have a spline tester, and check them often. I
live in the Seattle area and flew to San Diego for work and shot
there. The arrows were in my bow case in luggage. I have spoken to
several long time bowyers and arrowsmiths and they said that the cedar
bales were most likely the reason. The arrows were made for the bow
and had been shot only couple months prior even though they were made
a year before (I have several hundred arrows made up for my bows, I
have 8). I have been using the sitka spruce arrows since and had no
issues, in fact I am back in San Diego and have my bow with me and
will be shooting this week. No, I have not noticed any change in the
spline of the spruce (and I do check).